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Date:9/6/2013

llance capacities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has spent more than $1 billion on its Next Generation Identification program, which includes facial-recognition technology. This technology is expected to be deployed as early as next year and to contain at least 12 million searchable photos. The bureau has partnerships with at least seven states that give the agency access to facial-recognition-enabled databases of driver's license photos.   Read the entire article at  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/opinion/the-face-scan-arrives.html?_r=0  

Intel Corp. (NYSE: INTC) is preparing to reveal a Pocket Avatars app for iOS and Android that will leverage facial recognition technology to allow its users to send messages through 3D avatars. The app will use the camera on a smartphone or tablet to track facial expressions while an individual talks. Based on the gathered information, the app will then map them onto an avatar. Avatars to choose from include cartoon characters, movie or TV personalities, famous athletes, musicians, team mascots or pets.

Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) has disclosed that its new platform, PlayStation 4, will include a camera with the ability to use voice navigation and facial recognition. The company will reveal further details about the technology at a later date, but consumers can expect similarties to Xbox's Kinect, which has the capacity to recognize voice commends and the faces of gamers.

Last week, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) revealed its intentions to add most of its 1 billion-plus members' profile pictures to its facial recognition database. The move would improve its "Tap-Suggest
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